Hi all. Joining in again on Amy's (Love Made My Home) weekly linky party, Five on Friday.
I am changing it up a bit this week. Usually I choose five pictures from my cell phone's camera to share here each week. Not this time. Today I am going to share the 5 prettiest flowers (in my opinion) from the Columbia Road Flower Market.
My daughter and I recently visited the UK and stayed in London for over a week. I had seen so many pictures of the Columbia Road Flower Market showing its colourful beauty that we made it a priority to visit it on the one rainy Sunday morning we had in London.
It was also "Mothering Sunday," so it felt the whole of London was there trying to buy fresh buds for their mummies. It was crowded and cold-- but totally worth it!
Number One: Tulips. Thousands of them in every shade and colour. This photo shows the flowers belonging to just one vendor. Imagine 20 more just like it!
Number Two: Blue hydrangea. I have been trying to grow these in my garden for over 6 years. I have 4 plants and none of them ever gives me very many flower heads, let alone turn this lovely shade of blue. And yes -I have added the acid to the soil in hopes of changing my pinks into blues. Still now luck!
Number Three: Ranunculus. These really are the trendy spring flower of the day. I love how they begin as tight little balls that gradually open into crepe like petals. And you gotta love this intense pink colour!!
Number Four: Look at these! Are they the prettiest colour? They are peach down inside and round the lower bud, then each petal unfurls itself into the prettiest of rosy pinks. Isn't it amazing? If my research is right, this could be a "Sheila's Perfume" rose or a "Daily Sunrise" rose. Who knows? But it is beautiful with such a vintage feel to it....
Number Five: Now look at these showstoppers! Don't they look like peppermint sticks? They would be perfect at Christmas, don't you think? While we standing and admiring them, the flower seller sold 4 bunches right from under our noses. They were very popular - it must have been their distinctive look. (Name: "Ferdinand Pichard" or maybe they are "Henri Matisse?" )
That's my five on Friday, but if you are still interested in a few more Columbia Road pictures, keep reading!
This gentleman was selling crates of primula for 5 pounds each. Five pounds for all of those flowers? If London was home I'd be taking two!
Columbia Road was a meeting place, too. I had made earlier arrangements to meet with a bloggy friend, Gemma. She blogs at Gem's Country Life Dream. Even though she has recently lived in and around London, she had never been to Columbia Road . She was eager to see its stalls of floral gorgeousness as much as I was.
After meeting at a nearby train station, we walked to Columbia Road, getting to know each other better and coming up with a game plan to deal with the crowds.
|Before we reached the end of the market, Gem had chosen some flowers for her own home and some tulips for her Mum and Nan.|
I had mentioned earlier how wet and cold the day was, so next we searched for the perfect place to have a cup of tea and some cake. Within minutes, we found this cute little shop:
|Here we dined on carrot cake (Gem), lemon tart(me) and a strawberry cupcake (Afton.) Tea and rose lemonade on the side!|
It was lovely to be able to spend some time with a long-distance friend. Gem turned out to be just as sweet in person as her blog-demeanor shows.
Now when are you coming to Canada, Gem??
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
It's Mother's Day weekend here in Canada so I'm looking forward to a bit of pampering now, too!